Does anyone else feel like March was just the longest month ever? Cause I sure do! It just feels like the beginning of March was a forever ago and now we’ve finally reached the end of a long slog and whew! What a journey! But maybe that just me??? Idk but, either way, to me it felt like an eternity! And yet here we are at the end, having made it through intact and only slightly less sane than before so yay! Haha!
March was a slow month in every regard but there were some bookish bright spots! I loved two of the four books I read and I managed to nab some sweet ARCs that I’m pretty excited for! So let’s jump into the wrap-up and see what happened!
B L O G
U P D A T E S
Once again, there’s a new layout. What can I say? I’m riding that struggle bus when it comes to design. That being said, I do really like this design and I’m thinking I’m gonna stick with it so keep your fingers crossed!
You may have also noticed my new review format. It’s a little more casual and yet also much easier for me to format due to the clear, bullet pointed list style. I’m really liking this format, so I think it’ll be sticking around!
P O S T S
B O O K S
R E A D
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This month’s reading was quite a mixed bag, considering two of my reads were hits with me and the other two were DNFs. Let’s take a look…
The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross
This is the sequel to Ross’s debut novel, The Queen’s Rising, so I can’t say too much for fear of spoilers. That being said, I really enjoyed The Queen’s Resistance! I loved seeing all of my favorite characters again and getting to see how they grew and developed. This book is heavy on the politics and light on the action, but somehow is moves at a steadily quick pace and managed to hook my interest at every turn. Definitely a great book if you’re looking for a good political fantasy!
Level Three // History of Magic // Debut // Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
Bloodleaf is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Goose Girl, which, amazingly enough, I never read before beginning this book. I’d thank god for Wikipedia, but quite frankly you don’t need to know the original tale to enjoy Bloodleaf. And I definitely enjoyed it! Fast paced and full of intrigue, Bloodleaf is an awesome book to pick up if you’re looking for a good time!
Level Two // Ravenclaw // Book With Blue On The Cover // Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
It’s so disappointing to admit this but, sadly, this was a miss for me. The characters felt flat and the plot somehow seemed kinda wooden. Unfortunately, this lead me to DNF Four Dead Queens at about 50% as I just wasn’t enjoying reading it. I might consider giving it another try sometime down the road, but at the moment, I’m just really not feelin’ it.
Level Three // Defense Against The Dark Arts // Dark Fantasy // Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter
I DNFed this one two chapters in as it was really dark in an uncomfortable kinda way. I checked out some reviews to see if it gets better and turns out it doesn’t, so this is a hard pass.
B O U G H T
A R C S
Thank you to the publishing gods for their benevolence this past March!
T B R
Level Four // Cartomancy // Tarot Cards And Fortune Telling // The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
This is a big stretch but I heard through the grapevine that The Devouring Gray has a secondary character who’s into tarot so…*shrug*
Level Four // Dream Interpretation // A Book With Visions Or Dreams // Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
I know one of the main female characters in this one can speak to gods so that counts…right?
Level Five (Rolled 17) // Free Space // We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
I don’t know too much about this one but what I’ve heard intrigues me!
Level Five (Rolled 6) // Neville Longbottom // Brave Character // The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
I’m hoping this one holds up for this category but I figure it’s high fantasy so there will be at least one brave character…I hope…
Level Five (Rolled 8) // Luna Lovegood // Diverse Read // The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
Not only is The Beast Player an #ownvoices high fantasy by a Japanese author, but I believe it was also a best seller in Japan! So it fits this category pretty well (and looks intriguing too)!
Level Five (Rolled 5) // Dobby Is Free! // Free Choice // The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran
This is another book I know little about but am kinda interested in, so we’ll see how it works out I guess!
M O V I E S / T V
Sadly my movie/TV drought continued through March and I watched—you guessed it—nothing!
M U S I C
S E L E C T E D S N I P P E T S
“i’m so tired” by Lauv and Troye Sivan // I think it must be some kind of rule that if you title a song “i’m so tired,” college students will instantly like it because… #relatable. Regardless, this song is a bop and got me feelin’ real understood.
“Navajo” by Masego // My month ended by sliding into springtime on the smooth notes of Masego’s “Navajo.” I discovered Masego through the COLORS YouTube channel (which if you haven’t checked out yet, you need to now!) and I’ve been jamming to his tunes ever since! His voice is so smooth and jazzy and his music brings the sound a sweet pop twist. Needless to say, I’m lovin’ every inch of it!
“ZORA” by Jamila Woods // Jamila Woods music never fails to make me feel empowered and proud of my Black heritage and femininity! “ZORA” continues on with that tradition. Filled with luscious Black heritage inspired imagery and full of power and confidence, “ZORA” is another tune to be inspired by.
“Love Is Love” by 070 Phi // I swear the beat and tune of this song are just the catchiest thing ever! I just discovered 070 Phi this past month, but this song tops as my favorite of his!
“it’s not u, it’s me” by Bea Miller // I ended a relationship in late February and so when I discovered this song in early March, it became my anthem! It’s such an empowering song—and a catchy one too! Plus, I love the message it teaches women! An all-around hit with me!
L I F E S T Y L E / O T H E R
I rarely mention it, but I do dabble in listening to podcasts every now and then. Most people are fans of true crime and/or non-fiction podcasts but, true to form, I’m a big fan of fictional fantasy and sci fi podcasts. A fantasy podcast that I’ve been loving recently is Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services. It tells the story of a young witch beginning her own business while a mysterious critic tries to dissuade community members from employing her. It’s kind of a quiet story, but it’s quite fun too! Definitely give it a listen!
L I N K S
- Elizabeth at RedGal Musings gave tips on managing ARCs
- Aimal of Bookshelves And Paperbacks discussed her desire for the globalization of YA sci fi and urban fantasy
- Kaleena from Reader Voracious Blog wondered if stats should dictate your posts
- Briana of Pages Unbound asked about hyping books you haven’t read
- Kala (of Storybook on Wheels) guest posted on Fadwa’s blog, Word Wonders, about inclusivity on booktube vs. in the book blogging world
- Nandini at Unputdownable Books blessed us with 24 book recommendations for the 2019 Read Harder Challenge
- Krysta from Pages Unbound defended flawed characters
- Jo from bookloversblog shared why female friendships are important
- Lauren of Wonderless Reviews spilled how to use Canva for blog design
- Ellyn at Allonsythornraxx divulged five tips on book annotation
- Inside My Library Mind gave us insight as to why the five star system doesn’t work for them and how they rate books
- Ariel of the booktube channel Ariel Bisset posted a video investigating the question”What is YA?“
L I F E
Sadly my life has been pretty uneventful of late. I’ve been going through quite a rough patch with my mental health and that’s compounded my difficulties with my physical disability due to the sheer amount of energy required to deal with my mental health. But, on the bright side, the weather has begun to warm and flowers are starting to pop up, so hopefully I’ll be able to get outside and get fresh air on the regular soon enough! I’m hoping that spring will bring some color to my life, especially since D.C. has plenty of fun, free and/or super cheap events during spring and summer like the Cherry Blossom Festival and free events at The Kennedy Center. I’ll definitely keep y’all updated!
T E L L M E A L L A B O U T I T
- How was your March?
- Are you looking forward to anything in April?
- What did you read in March and how did you like it?
- What’s on your April TBR?